Germany’s oldest party was founded in 1875, and is described as "center-left". It roots in the 19th century labor movement.
The SPD is the second largest party in terms of voter support, but the largest in terms of membership. Its voter base is the working class in urban areas. SPD icon Willy Brandt was foreign minister in the first "grand coalition" government with the CDU 1966-1969 and then became the first SPD chancellor.
Social Democrat (SPD) chief Sigmar Gabriel wants to see Protestant theologian Margot Käßmann in the running to be Joachim Gauck's successor, German media has reported. The new president will be elected in February, 2017.
The Social Democratic Party has picked up 21.5 percent of the vote in Berlin's state election. The populist Alternative for Germany party has won 14.1 percent of the vote and enters its 10th regional assembly.
It's been a long time since there's been this much political uncertainty in Germany. The general election is still a year away, but the refugee crisis has had a major impact on politics. Here's where the parties stand.